Skip to comments.Largest foreign deployment of F-22 Raptors in progress
Posted on 01/26/2009 8:29:33 PM PST by Jeff Head
From Pacific Air Forces
Office of Public Affairs
HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii -- The U.S. Air Force has deployed two squadrons of F-22 Raptors to the Pacific as part of on-going rotations of forces to ensure security and stability throughout the region.
Twelve Raptors deployed from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, arrived at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 18. The week prior, twelve Raptors from Langley Air Force Base, Va., began arriving at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
Both squadrons will be deployed to the Pacific for three months and will spend that time conducting air combat training with Air Force and other U.S. military assets in the region.
F-22s are the Air Force's newest and most advanced fighter, combining stealth, maneuverability, supercruise capability and superior avionics to provide the U.S. with unmatched air dominance.
Maintenance personnel prepare for the arrival of F-22 Raptors deployed from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The stealth-fighters, along with associated maintenance and support personnel, are deployed as the 90th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron and will participate in various exercises that provide routine training in an environment different from their home station.
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Latest developments in the Western Pacific. Started and accomplished in terms of arrival before the innauguration.
Sadly the F22 program is heading to the chopping block under zero’s administration.
They look funny with the wing tanks.
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I was heading into work yesterday afternoon and a flight of eight Apaches doing FTR navigation (Follow That Road) went right overhead, bound for Fort Knox. They couldn’t have been more than four or five hundred feet over my head; scared me half to death but boy are they a beautiful sight.
We know this for a fact??
They are an unfair advantage. Besides, the money can be better spent on resurfacing roads and buying contraceptives for over active teenagers.
Something is up in North Korea.
They’re “ferry tanks”, wouldn’t be used in combat.
“....Theyre ferry tanks, wouldnt be used in combat....”
Yeah, I know, but they do look a bit wierd. In combat they would defeat the purpose of the stealth, hence; not used.
Man, I’d love a thrill ride in one of those.
Well, despite the grandeur and stunning beauty of Alaska, I’m sure all these guys really appreciate some time in the Tropics.
Other programs that are facing the chopping block are the F35, V22 Osprey, Virginia class submarines, DDG 1000, Future Combat Systems, and CVN 21.
I’d wager that they will be withdrawn before the year is out.
I hope this sends a fearfully strong chilling message to the ChiCom PLAAF that the F-22 Raptors are a dangerous adversary to be reckoned with.
Those wing tanks, along with the pylons, would be jettisoned when they’re empty, regaining the stealth capability.